Firefighters: Elevator vics ‘cried wolf’
Boston firefighters rescued 13 people described by officials as “loud, boisterous and uncooperative” from an elevator trapped for more than an hour in an East Boston apartment complex early yesterday morning.
The department received a call from Shore Plaza East apartments at 4:16 a.m., with the caller falsely reporting a pregnant woman was inside the elevator about to give birth, said Steve MacDonald, spokesman for the Boston Fire Department.
“For someone to say, ‘someone is pregnant and about to give birth’ is an extreme example of crying wolf,” said MacDonald. “The dispatcher tried to call back the cell phone number but it kept going to voice mail. They weren’t cooperating.”
The elevator was stuck on the fourth floor of the building, which did not have an elevator door. Therefore, firefighters had to be lowered down 8 feet from the fifth floor and pull out 13 people from the roof of the elevator.
MacDonald said the occupants were all young adults.